August 25, 2016

Dental Implants

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Dental Implants are replacement tooth roots and are used to put back missing teeth. The implant is usually placed into the bone in the same position as the original tooth root and after a healing period a dental crown is then placed onto the implant. Properly done, a dental crown on an implant will look, feel and function like a natural tooth.

Most Dental Implants are made from a special surgical grade of Titanium. They were first used back in the 1950’s when Professor Branemark, who is considered the pioneer of dental implants, discovered that Titanium would fuse to bone and was completely biocompatible – ie would not get rejected by the body. Prof. Branemark then developed some of the first dental implants which have been in use for over 40 years.

Types of implants

There are many different makes of dental implant which can seem a bit confusing to dentists let alone patients. Most dentists who place implants may use one or two systems at most as the cost of all the equipment to place implants is expensive and each system tends to have it’s own specialised equipment. The most widely used and clinically tested implant systems include Bicon, Nobel Biocare, Straumann (ITI), Ankylos, and Astra.

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What can Dental Implants be used for?

Dental Implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth. They can be used individually, one implant per missing tooth, or it may be possible to use fewer implants and make dental bridges if replacing lots of missing teeth.

People with full dentures can also often be helped with implants. Sometimes two implants can be placed and the denture then clips onto the implants to hold it in place. It is still removable but is now securely anchored making wearing a full denture much more comfortable. Another technique is to place four implants and a denture is permanently secured to the four implants. This is sometime called the ‘all on four technique’.

Can everyone have implants?

Not everyone is suitable for dental implants. The most important consideration is the amount of bone required to support the implant. When you loose a tooth the bone that held the tooth root in place often shrinks and sometimes there is simply not enough depth or width of bone left in which to place an implant. A good quality digital X-ray can give an idea of the amount of bone however ideally a CT scan should be taken as this gives a true 3D X-ray of how much bone there is and how hard or soft the bone is.

If there is not enough bone then it may still be possible to have an implant with a bone graft. In the upper jaw this is often called a sinus lift procedure. Grafting is generally very successful though it does add to the cost (£500+) and also the graft can take 6 months or longer to heal before the implants are placed. Some implants such as Bicon are much shorter and can often be placed even with limited amounts of bone and therefore avoid the need for bone grafting.

Overall health is also an important consideration. Certain medications, people with high blood pressure, bleeding disorders or heavy smokers may not be suitable for dental implants.

How long should they last?

Generally, implants have a 95-98% success rate. Failure either occurs in the beginning in that the implant fails to heal (osseointegrate) into the bone or years later if the bone recedes away from the implant. This condition is called peri-implantitis and is a similar process to gum disease (periodontitis). Dental implants cannot decay like teeth but they can suffer from gum disease if the teeth are not cleaned properly. Excellent oral hygiene is a must for keeping implant teeth healthy. A good brushing technique with a quality electric brush, use of dental floss or tape and inter dental brushes are all required to keep implant teeth, and all teeth, healthy. Properly cared for implants could last a lifetime.

That depends on your case and what treatment option you have chosen. If you have opted for same day dental implant treatment then you have a brand new set of functional teeth that very same day.

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